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I am running a slightly widened front beam and outside to outside tire to tire measurement is 67". IRS rear measurement outside tire to tire is 65".

Is this going to be a handling problem?

Baja is awful squirrelly above 50 mph.

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It's not the track width. Bajas by nature are a little unstable at higher speeds. Check that your tie rods are in good order and that you toe setting is correct.

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How would I check my toe setting?

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First, check that there is no play in both the inner and outer tie rods.
Next turn the wheel so that it is straight.
Measure the distance between the front tires at the furthest point forward and again on the back side of the tire. The easiest way to do this is to make a set of "calipers" out of broom handles or other scrap.
The tires should be toes in slightly, this will help with stability.

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Thank you.

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1/8"-1/4" toe-in at the tread would be correct setting. Rear toe can also also cause trouble. This can be adjusted by moving washers on the IRS pivot bolts.


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... and I adjust this toe in measurement by the tie rod ends?

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Yes. Actual method depends on which tie rods and which ends you have in your car. Typical is to have a left hand thread on one end and a right hand on the other end. with jam nuts to lock the ends from rotating.

So take a toe measurement at ride height. NOT jacked up. If you have to jack the car up to loosen the jam nuts to adjust, 1st measure how high your car is off the ground at the center of the beam or some similar point on the chassis. Then loosen all the jam nuts and lower it back down. Then bounce on the front of the car several times to get it back to ride height. Now measure the toe again. Then adjust by turning the tie rods. If you turn more on one tie rod than the other, you may get your steering wheel off center. When your toe-in is correct, tighten the jam nuts and be sure to not alter your adjustment. It would be wise to measure a final time to be sure it hasn't changed in tightening the jam nuts.


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Thank you I appreciate your help.

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